January 17 2013
Herbology 101: GoldenSeal
This popular product for the immune system is a bitter herb that has some astringent properties. The root contains the alkaloids hydrastine, berberine and canadine.
The alkaloids in goldenseal support immune system health and support healthy inflammation response.
Historically Goldenseal was used by the Cherokee Indians at least 300 years ago and has been highly prized by Native Americans for ages. It was used for immune-building and for a wide variety of topical and skin issues. This root was also used for help in balancing blood-sugar levels.
- Helps support mucous membrane health.
- Provides a friendly probiotic environment.
- Supports the immune system.
- May support digestive, respiratory and urinary health.
Note: Do not use during pregnancy
Herbology 101: Lutein
Lutein is a carotenoid, a colorful class of phytochemicals that give many fruits and vegetables their colors. Carotenoids help protect the body with their antioxidant properties. They especially support eye health, the heart and the circulatory system.
Historically Lutein has been used to support the health and structure of the macula, a surface of pigment at the center/back of the eye that is responsible for focus and for color differentiation. It also has been used to support general eye health as it helps to filter out damaging light and thereby protects eye tissues.
- Supports vision.
- Helps protect against UV damage to eyes and skin.
- Provides powerful antioxidant support (quenches damaging free radicals)